Extracontinental Migration in the Americas

Special Committee on Migration Issues (CEAM)

Workshop: “Extracontinental Migration in the Americas”
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 11:00 - 17:30 EST (16:00 - 22:30 GMT)
Simón Bolívar Room, 17th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington D.C. 20006

The objectives of the workshop are to: analyze the background, magnitude and impact of irregular extracontinental migration flows; exchange experiences about the responses of different countries and international organizations to this type of irregular flows from within and outside the region; and promote dialogue and cooperation on this topic among the Member States of the Organization.

• Meeting’s video >>

• Photo gallery >>

• Announcement of the Workshop >>


Welcome address

11:00 – 11:15

Ambassador Duly Brutus
Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS
Chair of the Special Committee on Migration Issues (CEAM)
Ambassador Albert Ramdin
Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States

General overview of recent extracontinental migration in the Americas

11:15 – 11:30

Presentation by Araceli Azuara
Coordinator of the Migration and Development Program (MiDE)
Department of Social Development and Employment of the OAS
See presentation >>

11:30 – 11:45

Presentation by Anna Greene
Senior Regional Protection Officer - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Washington, D.C.
See presentation>>

11:45 – 12:00

Presentation by Richard Scott
Regional Representative of the IOM for North America and the Caribbean
See presentation >>

12:00 – 12:15

Dialogue with member states

Basic principles and possible programmatic responses

12:15 – 12:30

Presentation by Juan Carlos Murillo
Head of the Regional Legal Unit
UNHCR - Costa Rica
See presentation >> (in Spanish)

12:45 – 13:00

Presentation by Laurence Hart
Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration
(IOM) in Libya
See presentation >>

13:00 – 13:30

Dialogue with member states

13:30– 15:00    


Experiences and lessons learned

15:00 – 15:15

The experience of Costa Rica  
Mario Zamora
Director of Immigration and Foreign Status
See presentation >> (in Spanish)

15:15 – 15:30

The experience of Mexico
Ernesto Rodríguez Chávez
Director of the Center for Migration Studies, National Migration
Institute (INAMI)
See presentation >> (in Spanish)

15:30 – 15:45

The experience of Argentina
Luis Agusti
Director of Social and International Affairs and President of the Argentinean National Committee for Refugees
See presentation >> (in Spanish)

15:45 – 16:00

Dialogue with member states

16:00 – 16:15

The experience of Panamá      
María Cristina González
National Director of the National Immigration Service
See presentation >> (in Spanish)

16:15 – 16:30

Presentation by Ambassador Izben Williams
Permanent Representative of St. Kitts and Nevis to the USA and OAS
Representing the General Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

16:30 – 16:45

Dialogue with member states

Conclusions and recommendations
16:45 – 17:15

Conclusions and recommendations presented by

Ambassador Jorge Skinner-Klee
Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the OAS
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Ambassador Maria del Lujan Flores
Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the OAS
View document >>

Ivan Plazas
Minister Plenipotentiary, Alternate Representative
Permanent Mission of Colombia to the OAS
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Closing remarks


Ambassador Duly Brutus
Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS
Chair of the Special Committee on Migration Issues (CEAM)